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Jan 2018 right left

New Year’s Day Winter Walk

Monday 1st January
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

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Historic Garden Restoration

Sunday 7th January
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh
Free

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Have a go: Hedge laying

Saturday 20th January
Mount Stewart
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Meadow Management

Sunday 21st January
Balloo Wetland & Woodland, Bangor
Free

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Action Renewables Energy Association (AREA) – The Opportunities in Energy Storage

Tuesday 23rd January
The Doyen, 829 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7GY
£66

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Griddle Baking

Saturday 27th January
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Get Stuck In at Murlough

Sunday 28th January
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

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Biggerféis Festival – Ardglass

Friday 12 May 2017

Discover Ardglass, Bath Street, Ardglass

Ardglass Development Association are delighted to announce a new festival for the area taking place over the Spring Bank Holiday (26–29 May). Having recently come away from the inaugural Live Here Love Here Awards with the Contribution to Tourism Award Sponsored by Tourism Northern Ireland the charity is continuing their dedication to regeneration through the lucrative visitor market.

The festival will recapture the atmosphere of over a century ago when Francis Joseph Bigger was resident in Jordan’s Castle in the town. The festival named Biggerféis will celebrate the legacy of the antiquarian through a series of cultural experiences. Duane Fitzsimons, secretary to Ardglass Development Association, explains, ‘Francis Joseph Bigger is one of the most important men to have ever lived in Ardglass. For many across the province and beyond he is a personal hero. His contribution to the heritage of Ulster means that many of the area’s ancient sites are still standing to be enjoyed today.’

It was while writing a book on the history of Dunsford and Ardglass that Duane came across a reference to the opening of Jordan’s Castle in 1911. The article detailed a speech given by the Parish Priest Canon Donnelly in which he stated that, ‘When the history of our time comes to be written in Ulster the name Francis Joseph Bigger will occupy an honoured position.’ The Dunsford and Ardglass Historical Group established in 2013 have been working closely with ADA to support in the delivery of the programme.

The captivating personality of F.J. Bigger will be explored through a series of talks, walks, and a coach tour. Traditional music will also feature. F.J. Bigger was described as having taken on the work, largely at his own personal expense, for the people of Ulster regardless of creed. He instigated that the Downpatrick High Cross be re–erected; placed the stone on Saint Patrick’s Grave; restored Our Lady of Dunsford and Jordan’s Castle; and helped to preserve Ardtole and Raholp churches in the locality.

The festival will officially launch on Friday 12th May at 12:00. The venue will be Discover Ardglass in Bath Street in the village. For details of events search for Discover Ardglass on Facebook.

For any further details contact Duane Fitzsimons (Secretary to ADA):

07835441933

duane.fitzsimons@hotmail.co.uk